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Crate Training a Puppy at Night

By Yvette Marie
 

Overview

One of the fastest and most effective ways to housebreak your puppy is to crate-train him, according to Perfect Paws. Crate training forces your puppy to restrain himself and eliminate in the right time and place, and it helps him strengthen his bladder and bowels so he can exercise intentional control. Be patient and consistent, and your puppy will learn what you want him to do.

Step 1

Purchase a sturdy crate for your puppy that is just big enough to allow him to stand and turn around. Cushion it with sturdy but soft towels or old sheets.

Step 2

Teach your puppy to love his crate. Give it a name like "place." During the day, teach him that when he goes inside his crate he gets a treat. Keep a safe chew toy inside.

Step 3

Take your puppy outside to relieve himself right before bedtime. Give him enough time to urinate and defecate---at least 10 minutes.

Step 4

Keep the crate near your bed or at least near your bedroom. Your puppy might need to go outside in the middle of the night---at least for the first few weeks. If the crate is nearby, you can hear him cry or rattle the door. If you have other dogs that sleep near you, the puppy should be nearby, too, so he does not feel socially isolated.

Step 5

Tell your puppy it's time for him to go to his "place." When he goes inside, give him a small treat and praise him for being a good boy. For the first few nights, your puppy might cry because he wants to be with you, but resist the temptation to give in. Allowing him to sleep outside the crate prolongs the training.

Step 6

Take him out early in the morning. Your puppy will probably wake up at sunrise and want to go outside. Be sensitive to your puppy's needs and forgo sleeping late for a while.

Step 7

Praise your puppy when he enters his crate, when he leaves it and when he relieves himself outside.
Comments (46)
Dec 31, 2009 ttboy12
okay, thanks
Apr 24, 2010 bullieowner
my bullie wakes up every 3 hours at night do i have to bring him outside to potty?
Apr 30, 2010 loamguy
Good question, bullieowner... I ask the same! We got a puppy last week (8 weeks old, now 9). We are crate training him, but at night, we have been leaving the crate open since he can't hold it in all night and he goes to the bathroom in the kitchen, so while we can sleep 7-8 hours, we wake up to kitchen poops and pittles. The only thing I can think of is to sleep in the next room to him, crate him at night, and let him out when he cries to go the potty. This is brutal for late-sleepers like me, but I can't think of a better way to crate train properly at night and thus get him to potty-train as quickly as possible.
Aug 24, 2010 jennipher7785
Bullieowner, if you puppy crys every 3 hours yes eventually you'll get more sleep but for first few weeks its going to be restless. By taking him out will train him to potty outside. Make sure to feed him 4 hours before bedtime let puppy drink 2 hours before bedtime and when its bedtime take pup out make sure to business will help out on the 3 hour cries. Loamguy, if you are trying to crate train leaving door open not help one crate training is to teach your pup to hold it. And if he goes potty in house your are just say yeah its okay potty everywhere in long run wouldnt be good so need to train him to potty outside not in!! Days you are home you can teach him to take naps in crate which help train him to learn that it is thier bed !!
Jan 31, 2011 Trac675
Its WELL worth the lost sleep training this way. Yes the pups are gonna cry and have fits at first when put in the crate, but they WILL get used to it. I have been crate training and sleeping when she does, and just about fully potty trained and crate trained as well. Have had my Paisia for almost 4 weeks and she is 12 weeks. When puppy wakes in middle of night to potty, dont let her/him stay up and play. Back to crate to sleep, it has worked for me :)
Feb 9, 2011 sherpasmom
Hi, yes it is WELL worth sleep loss. I am also crate training and it's going nicely with my 14 week old shih-tzu Bubbles. I was wondering tho, at what age (usually) would her bladder be strong enough to go for a 6 hour stretch at nighttime? Currently I take her for a business trip 4 to 4.5 hours after bedtime ~ thanks in advance--just wondering when to start stretching her a bit! :)
Mar 8, 2011 mandymoo
could anyone give me any help,....iv got 2x8wk old staffi, so far pritty good, i just have a issue that wen i put them to bed in there crate they wer ok for a good week but now the male has started whining and yapping, there are in a crate each next to each other and covered over so its den like,any other time they go in i.e wen i hoover or if house is full etc, they are fine its just wen i go to bed, most nights they wake me at least2 time, and then there up from 6am every day witch i dont mind if they have had a gud night but after some time you start to think what ur doing wrong, so any advise would be great thanks.....amanda
Apr 27, 2011 sprince0124
how long do they usually cry when they are in their crate because my pup cried for over two hours tonight and wont sleep unless he is by my sided
Apr 28, 2011 jmdswim
I have a brand new puppy that we rescued. She is the spitting image of the first puppy featured in this article. Facial markings and all. Does anyone know what breed mix they might be. I open this article and thought I was staring at my own dog!!
May 28, 2011 Scyth3
I had the same problem for first 8 weeks. The above tips for training seem perfect. It worked the same way for me. When the pup wants to play with you at middle of the night, jus ignore him. Might sound cruel deed but helps a lot. Your pup will learn within a week time that night time is NOT for playing.
May 30, 2011 Goochesmom
Can 2 puppies share a crate for training?
May 30, 2011 CN212
I live alone and I work nights. I would love to crate train my puppy but wouldn't be able to let him out at night. What should I do?
Jun 16, 2011 brody27
is it ok for a puppy (6weeks)to sleep outside
Jun 19, 2011 iluvmypup:)
my staffy was introduced to her crate after day 1 and after 3 sleepless nights she settled in to her new home now she sleeps in the crate even during the day, its somewhere she feels safe i guess only problem is that she doesnt cry to do her buisness she does it and goes back to sleep so i wake to a soiled cage and a soiled dog!! HELP!!
Jul 1, 2011 shih tzu mommy
My new shih tzu is not a happy camper in his crate at night. He is 9 weeks old and immediately cries wen placed int he crate at bedtime. He has been fine for the short periods during the day, but night is brutal. Because he is so young I do bring him out to try to eliminate every 2 hours. However, even with doing this he has pooped in his crate for two nights in a row. How do I know that his crying is to be let out to eliminate versus "I want out of here and to be with you?" Help!
Jul 2, 2011 GoldieDood
My 5 month old GoldenDoodle is pooping in his crate at night at least 3 times a week. I have given him a little less food at dinnertime, feed him 4 hours prior to going to bed, and make sure that he poops before bed. He is usually in his crate about 8 hours at night. Is that too long for him to hold it? I have no problem with pee - just poop! How can I get this to stop? Do I need to set an alarm to wake me up so that I can let him out? or should I move him to a hallway where I can gate off and if he soils, I can easily clean up without having to give him a bath each morning?
Jul 10, 2011 esa
We have a 6 month old havanese who has been crate trained since the first week we got her. She has always been good about getting into her crate, even on her own at night to sleep. But starting 4 nights ago...we have to put her in there and then she begins to scream,howl and fuss. We ignore her as we did before, but she is just continuing to do it every night...all night! What is the problem? Why is she not likeing her crate when she used love it? It's always been her "haven".The only thing we can think has given her this new "attitude" is we have allowed her to come into "new" parts of the house on occasion...to start introducing her to more of the house, as Cesar has recommended. We gave her another "inch"...and now she wants a "mile"? help.
Oct 24, 2011 kane&mark
can anyone help me ? i have a 4 month old puppy and am trying to crate train. he had a big crate but kept going to toilet in it so my friend said to get a smeller one which he could stand up and true aroung in so i did. the first nite i left him for 7 hours in it and when i went downstairs he had waiting. the nexted nite i left him 8 hours and he had gone a toilet in it is that my fault for leaving him to long? how long should he wait?
Nov 7, 2011 TiffKing1986
To kane&mark 4 month old puppies can stay in a cage 4 hours or more. But leaving a puppy in a crate too long ends up the puppy only being able to eliminate in the crate. The best thing to do is if you are ever leaving your puppy alone for long periods is always put the crate in an area that can be gated off with a baby gate or something similiar. NEVER lock the puppy in the crate, ALWAYS keep the door open on the crate. If the puppy is locked in the crate it can only soil the crate. If you get the crate and a gated off area, keep the door open, put down some papers to make clean up easy, but never reward or praise a dog if they do soil on the papers otherwise they feel that's where they need to use the bathroom at. A crate is like a den or a puppy/dogs own security blanket. If done with patience and time a puppy/dog will always think of a den as it's own resting place and never soil in it. Puppies who repeatably soil in their crate will eventually not be able to be crated at all because it thinks the crate is where it needs to go to the bathroom at. It could become so confused that it will deliberately go into the crate to urinate or defecate. This is considered a reverse housebreaking where it thinks the crate is where it needs to go to the bathroom or even inside the house. If it continues like this the best way to do it if you are home watch your puppy very closely once you see it squat make a loud noice like stamp your foot or make excited vocal sounds. That will stop the puppy long enough for you to scoop it up and take it outside to do it's business. Right when he gets his business done make a big deal about it...praise him, pet him, or give him treats. Soon he will start understanding that he must go outside. But like I said ALWAYS keep the crate door open and the crate and puppy in a secure, enclosed room before leaving for extended periods.
Nov 13, 2011 mec3711
I need help! I have had a shichon puppy for 2 weeks and she is 10 weeks old. She is a great dog during the day, but cannot take anything related to the crate. She barks and cries all night! She also has accidents even though we pick up her food 4 hours before bedtime, pick up her water 2 hours before bedtime, take her out almost evry hour before bedtime, and we are taking her out sometimes 2 times at night. We are seriously sleep deprived. I don't mind getting up with her, but it is the barking and crying that is preventing us from sleeping. Why is this still happening after two weeks??
Jan 23, 2012 peachy72
HELP! I have a 4 month old shepherd/lab mix we rescued from a shelter. He was perfect in his crate in kitchen for the first 6 nights. On the 7th mu hubby sort of broke the routine and had him on the couch - put him in his crate late but then let him out at 5am to potty and allowed him to stay out. The next night - horrible - wanted nothing to do with crate. He barked, cried and whined for an hour - took him out to potty (he did) and then put him back in. He cried for hours and I finally had to take him out as he was waking all the children. Any advice? Would moving the crate or adding one in ouur bedroom help?
Jan 29, 2012 wsmith2004
Ok this is night number 1 with our 7 week old German Shepherd and I have no idea what to do. He will absolutely not stay in his crate. I've been reading that you're not suppose to crate a puppy until they are around 4 months but I don't understand what you're suppose to do when they are this young. Thanks.
Feb 7, 2012 Molly12
Hi, I have a 6 week old daushand mix. She is very well potty trained, and getting used to the crate slowly. The only issue i'm facing with her is that she whines and cries all night long, leaving only about a 20 minute window for me to sleep before she begins to cry again. I'm wondering is this could be due to that because she is so young, she sleeps continuously in vaious places besides her crate thoughout the day. I am thinking that her crying is simply due to the fact that she would rather sleep elsewhere because she sleeps soundly in her bed. I have done as this suggests, by rewarding and making it a comfortable place for her, and taking her out to relieve herself regularly. I am simply at a loss for what is making her so upset. I will also tell you that this has only been her 2nd night with us so far, so that could also be why she is whining so much. Thank you very much.
Mar 12, 2012 wo0kie
question: what if you have had the dog for a week now, 8 weeks old, and you are just about to get a crate? will it still work?
Mar 15, 2012 ee liz a beth
Just got a cavachon puppy that is about 11 weeks. Trying to crate train her and then eventually teach her to use the doggy door possibly with crate opening up to doggy door. For now, she is leaving messes in crate at night and while I am at work. I take her out first thing in the morning but she has already gone in crate and doesn't need to go. Same when I come home during lunch break. Timing seems to be off or she just doesn't get it or maybe I don't get it. I need help!
Mar 31, 2012 briannastan17
I have a 5 week old puppy. He is half bulldog half blue heeler and a little bit of dashound. I have had him since he was 3 weeks old due to rejection from the mother, so i have been bottle feeding him. We are starting potty training and its going ok except he goes in his cage. when i put him in there and take him out the beeding is soaked in pee. Could this be caused from letting him pee in it when i first got him b.c he was to young to be taken outside. I have been told that a dog will not pee or poop where is sleeps so does that mean i am doing something wrong? please help....
Apr 11, 2012 Dexter one
I have a 6 weeks old jack russell. WE have had him 2 days and are crate training him. Everytime we put him in his crate either in the day or night he cries. If he falls asleep on us we put him in his crate but he will not go in on his own accord. At night he is asleep when we put him in and he wakes up an hour later and just cries consistently. when we put him in the crate he runs straight out so we have put his food and water in so he actually goes in. he is our first puppy and we need help. thanks
Jun 4, 2012 Skye+Moonlight
I have a 3 month old australian shepherd puppy and when we put him in his crate around 10, he cries so loud and then urinates in his crate. we take him out before we put him in it and he goes at least 3 times before bedtime. How do we get him to stop urinating in his crate while he sleeps? He is my first puppy and we also have a cat so if anyone can give me tips on how to introduce them? My puppy growls at her and my cat hisses at him. Thanks a bunch!
Jun 11, 2012 shomazta
you can crate train dogs at ANY time wookie. any and all training is simply about repetition and showing affection when a certain behavior of there's is acceptable or desired by you the owner... i.e. dog walks into crate yay praise give treats, dog constantly leaves crate no treats/ignore, dog screams cries in crate no treats/ignore, dog eliminates outside yay praise treats, dog eliminates inside "STOP!" or "NO GO!" rush dog outside--if dog finishes eliminating outside yay praise treats... etc. Just like humans take AT LEAST 14 days (2 weeks) to create "Habbits" the same can be said of animals, stick to a set of rules and abide by it... i.e. if you want the dog to know that it needs to walk to the door and down the stairs and to a specific area in the lawn, EVERY SINGLE TIME that you escort it outside take it to that same spot. If the dog eliminates within 10 feet of desired "potty" area give it praise but only a small amount of praise and affection, as it get's closer each time to the desired target "potty" area, give more praise or treats, or an abundance of treats etc. REPETITION REPETITION. Do NOT confuse the dog by praising it for urinating outside but then slap it's face or rub its nose in the urine inside when YOU the owner FAIL to notice that the dog needs to go to the bathroom. There are plenty of obvious signs, watch your dog and make a list of habbits, record times for when your puppy ate and then at what time it went to the bathroom, you'll learn how long it's bladder can hold urine before it either makes a mess inside or you escort it out--you should aim to escort it outside always PRIOR to the time when it needs to go!
Jun 14, 2012 LexiLoveLaugh
I have an 8 week old pound puppy Lexi thought to be a german shepherd/unknown smaller dog mix I'm thinking Chihuahua. Expected to be at least 30 pounds full grown. Surprisingly for only having her 4 days I have pretty much potty trained her. She will walk straight to the sliding door and sit there on her own or if asked "Outside" she will make here way to the door and sit. But crate/kennel training is an issue... She wont soil in her crate I think mainly because I'm up every 2 hrs taking her outside then play then kennel. But she will cry and cry and cry to be let out. I stand firm and don't let her out for another 2 hrs but because of all the whining I'm lucky if I get a doze off lol. I know she doesn't have to go "outside" and try to ignore it but I'm not getting any sleep. So last night or early morning I couldn't take it anymore and just let her sleep in bed with me and to my surprise I got 4 hours of silence and sleep. I actually woke her up to potty! So did I totally ruin any chance of night kennel training? I don't want her to get used to this but I'm very sleep deprived. Since she is still so young my plan is to throughout the day kennel train her to take her naps there. I've tried twice today with success but the 3rd time after potty then play she fell asleep on the couch I woke her up and enticed her with a treat to enter her kennel she did but soon as I closed that door and stepped away it was back to the whining. Does anyone have any advice? Will kennel training her become even harder if I let her sleep in bed with me for now? I'm thinking of doing this until I train her to see the kennel as her den. To where she walks into it easily without being enticed. Please help if you have any advice. On a funny note my husband is a smart man by getting me a puppy to get my mind off baby fever lol IT WORKED!!!
Jun 16, 2012 Narleysmom
Curious to know if I could/should use a high sound pitched collar to help stop the crying while crate training my 9 week old pup. Advice is much appreciated!
Jun 20, 2012 DebslovesJericho
A lot of problems on here seem to be with puppies toileting in there crates - which instinctively they will not do! If you've allowed your dog to toilet in there crate previously then this is why they keep doing it, also if you leave your puppy in there too long then it will happen! A Puppy of 3/4 months can only hold on for 3/4 hours so you need to get up in the night and let them out. If puppy is whining to come out at night to be with you and you let him then your setting yourself up for disaster - he will pick up quickly that if he whines then he will be let out. Like with babies, the ''self sooth'' Method works. You should also try positive association, Every time puppy goes in his crate he gets a piece of chicken or whatever else he really like, and put him in there during the day for short spells at random too so he doesn't just think he's going in there to sleep or because your going out. Put things in his crate like toys he likes and also those toys with holes in that you can put treats in are really good as they keep your puppy entertained. Sticky consistency treats are good as they last longer then solid treats that may fall out and are easier to get. Do limit how much is in there at night time though, But should be ok if you get up at least once to let him out. Hope these work :)
Jul 18, 2012 mercat01
http://www.wikihow.com/Crate-Train- Your-Dog-or-Puppy  0;Really great article on puppy training. Here's the warning from the article. &# 10;Don't leave your dog in the crate for more than a few hours at a time (unless overnight). You can gradually build the number of hours your dog can stay in the crate to 6 hours maximum (on the rare occasion when absolutely unavoidable), but this process occurs at a rate of one hour per month - a 2 month old puppy must have a break after 2 hours. A 6 month old should be able to go 6 hours, but this is not hard and fast. You know your dog - watch for signs of distress and do your best to relieve his problem before he makes a mistake. Remember - sometimes you have those days, too, when you have to go much more often than usual. He's an animal, and things may change for a living thing every day. Be willing to accept some variations. if you must leave your dog in the crate for more than 5 hours, it is highly recommended that you hire somebody to come walk them, and don't do this on a regular basis. Make sure there are no sharp edges or wire ends that can hurt the dog. Some dogs with protuberant eyes, such as Pekingese, have been known to hurt their eyes on sharp crate edges. ;I've also read that a pup that came from a breeder/kennel/shelter that let the pup poop and pee in it's pin may cause problems. I still think the playpen with paper and crate open inside with a gradual acclamation of the pup to the crate is the best method. Also, seeking a professional trainer may be the last resort if you stuck to all the steps and still no results. Petsmart has training classes and most area's have dog sitters that offer help. Remember a pup is no different than a baby, it takes time, patience and sacrifice in the beginning.
Oct 23, 2012 boxercleatus
I noticed there's a ton of people asking for advise on here, but not getting any answers. What's the point of an advise page that gives people the chance to ask questions if nobody is going to answer the questions. Well, here's a couple tips from me... For a young pup you recently adopted, get one of those old wind up alarm clocks (the ones that tick really loud) and wrap it in a towel and put it in the crate with them. It simulates the mama's heartbeat and is soothing to them. I'm pretty sure the battery operated ones will not be the same thing. If you are having a hard time finding one (which I'm sure is the case with this being a high tech world anymore#, they have those relaxation machines at walmart for $20 #by the candles and mini water fountains) that have a heartbeat sound on them. You could give that a try as well. And for the people that are having issues with their puppy going poo in the crate... Maybe your crate is too big. Hence, the pup has too much room to roam around in there and do his business. In that situation either 1.) get a smaller crate, or 2.) get a shallow box that's wide enough to take up at least half of the crate space and put it in the back of the crate and have the blanket at the front of the crate. That way, it removes some of the roaming around room and it also gives the puppy a place to go poo when it absolutely cannot wait! I'm in the process of training my 8 week old Boxer and he's been crying and barking even as I type this out. But I'm NOT giving in to him. It's not hurting him to cry and bark, and it's teaching him who's in charge. He's a relentless lil fella, but I'm even more stubborn. Sometimes when I absolutely cannot stand to hear it anymore, I'll go sit on the floor on the side of the crate and talk softly to him and go "ssshhhhhh...." until he eventually calms down. A lot of times they just wanna make sure that you're still around and didn't abandon them. Well what do ya know! He stopped! "Goooood puppy!!!" Yes... Praising them is a good thing as well. Well, I hope the couple of things I suggested%2
Apr 1, 2013 akirasmama
I can sympathize with everyone. The common mistake I see being made is the amount of time in the crate. Plan to be up every 2-3 hours to relieve ur dog. IT SUCKS, I KNOW!!! I manage a coffee shop...I'm up at 5 am, after 5 trips to the dog potty PER NIGHT. BUT if you suck it up now, you'll be glad you did!!!! Its not just potty training, it helps ur pup in soooo many areas. PRAISE THEM PRAISE THEM PRAISE THEM & BE PATIENT!!!!! You're the one that will benefit the most :) DON'T GIVE UP!!
Apr 1, 2013 akirasmama
And remember to be gracious. Being TOO FIRM orNEGATIVE has the opposite result. You'll have a scared, timid, nervous dog on your hands. We were too aggressive with our first dog and she is soooooo sensitive. We didn't make that mistake ever again. Put on your happy face, folks. You'll need it to raise the perfect pet!!!
Apr 1, 2013 akirasmama
Narleysmom- I wouldn't!
Apr 25, 2013 Maui's Mama
I've got a 16 week old yorkie who we trained with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment (a two room crate) and is now 99% potty trained with only tiny wee accidents occasionally. She has slept through the night since she was about 9 weeks old, however in the last few days, she wakes up every night around 2-3 in the morning barking / whining. She doesn't seem thirsty or hungry when I let her out, & does not need the potty. I've also tried leaving her in for a bit, but she persists until she is let out. She was doing really well with her schedule up until now, even laying down in the PTPA on her own if we happened to stay up later than normal. Any suggestions?
Oct 2, 2013 Shawn_R
my sib husky pup is abouyt 10 weeks...ive had her almost a week and eil not srop screaming when i put her in her crate....when i mean scream i mean SCREAM....she sounds like shes being ripped apart....she will not stop....i take her out at 3-330 ein the morning for pee and poop and put her right back in her crate where she will just go on screaming....what do i d....ive tried everything and i mean everything
Oct 9, 2013 SarahLiz623
I had to leave my new puppy in her new crate for and hour before she was crate trained- it was an emergency! Now she doesn't like to stay in there for more than a minute or two. Even after applying several crate training techniques. She whines, barks, and howls. Should I buy a different looking crate? I'm afraid I've scarred her for this one. :(
Jan 21, 2014 Quirky
Im getting confused here. We have an 8 week old puppy and a crate which he has slept in through the day with the door open. Tonight would be the first night of crate training but some articles talk about closing the create and some say NEVER close the door on a puppy! Which is right? We have an open plan kitchen living space ( all wooden floor/no rugs ) so closing the door would make more sense but he settles better when the door is open. Would value some advice please.
Feb 9, 2014 Junicke
I just got a puppy and he's only 7 weeks old. He's getting comfy at his crate and never eliminate in it but he gets very attached and cant be left alone or quite far away from us. At night he would cry if we put him in his crate whether opened or not. So for these 2 days we have let him sleep with us in our bed which seemed to comfort him a lot. The problem is, we cant actually let him whine at night since we're living in an apartment which doesnt allowed pet in it.
Mar 20, 2014 /brittanylynnmilo
Got a 8 week old English Bulldog puppy 1 week ago. Read about 50-60 different crate training/house breaking articles. After hours and hours or reading and 1 week of training the puppy under my belt I can safely say I've learned a lot in a short time. I totally understand the anxiousness everyone here is dealing with. Hell I'm writing this on the floor, in the dark, in a room next to the room where my puppies crate is while my wife is sleeping comfortably in bed... Nights 1 and 2 were miserable. I slept 45 minutes each night. But now 7 days later the little guy is already doing pretty darn good. Here are my tips that worked for me. Do not let the puppy nap at night (2-3 hours). Do not let the puppy eat close to bed time (4-5 hours). Do not let the puppy drink close to bed time (2 hours). Play with the puppy a lot at night to wear him out and get him sleepy. Use a divider to make the crate very small. Lay dow a thick blanket and put a favorite toy in there too. Cover the crate up with cloth (sides, back, top, leave the front open.) 8 Week old puppies only sleep for 2 hours at a time, give or take a half hour. Every time he whines take him out, give him praise and a treat, but be quick. No play time out there. Right back to the cage. No goodnights, no long sad looks, no unnecessary talking. Just close the door and walk away. Be prepared for howling, whining, and crying. It's normal and natural. He'll whine himself to sleep. Sometimes might take an hour, sometimes only 5 minutes, sometimes.. peace and quiet. Little tricks that I've found work for my little guy... read that some pups don't like pure silence, so I put a radio on really really low nearby to give him some white noise. Worked. Read putting a "dirty" article of clothing near crate allows the puppy to smell your scent and reassures the puppy you are nearby, so I put a couple of socks and my house slippers up against the crate. Worked. During the day every time he steps into his crate to get a toy, I give him a treat. Every time I put him in the crate because I need to go to work/run errands, I give him a treat. It makes the crate a "positive" place. If even one person benefits from my tips then I'll be happy. Remember I'm not an dog expert, I'm fighting the good fight just like everyone else here. Sacrificing WEEKS of sleep for YEARS of good behavior is VERY VERY worth it! Good luck everyone!
Apr 17, 2014 /justine.schonewolf
HELP PLEASE!. Hi!. okay so my boyfriend and I just got this siberian husky puppy about 5-6 weeks ago and she is 11 weeks old now. We started crate training her after one week of having her ( as soon as we got the crate) She cried all night long and we never slept but i downloaded the "white noise" application on my phone and i play it for her everynight and leave my phone near the crate with her and that helped the crying a little! But this past week she will not stop pooping and peeing in her crate and basically rolling around in it....all her toys are in there with her and Ive had to wash them in the washer and dryer every single day this week bc of it. Also, my boyfriend are forced to give her a bath everyday since she will not stop doing it!! and she hates baths so i dont know why she keeps doing this! We go to sleep late like 4-5am so we do let her out every 2-3 hours before we go to sleep and we make sure she pees alot and poops alot before we finally go to sleep and we dont give her any food or water atleast 2 hours before she even goes in the crate.. As soon as i hear her crying i get up to let her out (after only sleeping for 2-3 hours) and she has pooped diarrhea and peed alll over herself and its smeared all into her cage and toys and all over her body!! im confused at what to do... she doesnt even give us a warning that she has to go she apparently likes to play with poop and pee...someone please help i cannot keep repeating (wash the toys, wash the crate, bathe her) every SINGLE day! and she hates baths ....
Jul 10, 2014 Pom_P
Crate training is a very effective training tool. As long as you properly introduce the crate to your dog, use it only positively, and make them feel secure in the crate, they will learn to love it. www.everythi ngpom.com
Jul 15, 2014 soxfan4vr
Can anyone tell me what kind of dog/breed is in the photo above "Step 1" in this article?
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